People in Northamptonshire warned of high levels of air pollution

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People in Northampton are being warned to reduce plysical exertion outdoors today with very high levels of air pollution predicted in the county.

Due to a mixture of local emissions and dust from the Sahara Desert parts of England are experiencing high leves of air pollution.

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, (Defra) has issued a warning of “high or very high” air pollution in the south Midlands today.

Defra has a 10-point scale for measuring air quality - with level one implying a “low” risk of air pollution and 10 for “very high” levels.

For any air pollution level over seven people are warned to expect discomfort such as sore eyes, cough or sore throat and should consider reducing activity, particularly outdoors.

The air pollution level is expected to return to moderate levels by tomorrow.